New renting laws have commenced

29 March 2021

On March 29, more than 130 reforms to Victoria’s renting rules came into effect.

The law changes expand the rights and responsibilities of renters and rental providers (landlords), making renting in Victoria fairer and safer.

The changes to the law apply to all types of tenancies, private rentals, caravan and residential parks, and rooming houses. Some of the key changes include a ban on rental bidding, new rental minimum standards, no eviction without a reason, allowable modifications by renters, and new rules around urgent repairs.

You can see a full list of changes on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.

This consultation is closed. The Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021 have now been finalised.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety wishes to thank all those who provided a submission and shared their views throughout the engagement process.

Consultation summary

This consultation closed in late 2019. In total, we received more than 700 written submissions from the Victorian community. These came from a diverse range of individuals and groups, including renters, rental providers (landlords), industry groups and advocates.

All feedback from the consultation has now been carefully considered and collated. The Minister for Consumer Affairs has reviewed the feedback provided and made the decision to incorporate a number of changes into the Regulations to provide greater clarity in terms of definitions, minimum standards and information disclosure.

Submissions that were received during the consultation are now available; if you made an anonymous submission, your name has not been published. If you did not ask for your submission to be made anonymous and would now like to do so, please contact us at

A detailed summary of the issues raised by stakeholders can be found in the Statement of Reasons, and detail on the Minister’s decision can be found in the Notice of Decision.

In addition, all documents from the 2019 consultation process remain available for public review.

The Regulations

The Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021 contain supporting details about changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. They are based on feedback the Victorian community gave during the Fairer Safer Housing consultation. We consulted with key government, community and industry stakeholders about the proposed Regulations.

The Regulations will affect rental providers (landlords) and the 1.5 million Victorians living in rental housing. This includes:

  • private rental housing
  • public and social housing
  • rooming houses
  • caravan parks
  • residential parks.

The Regulations include:

  • what rental minimum standards will look like
  • modifications renters can make to rental properties
  • updates to some forms for renters and rental providers.

A note on terms used in the Regulations

The Regulations use terms that apply from 29 March 2021. These are:

  • renters – currently called tenants
  • rental providers – currently called landlords
  • rental agreements – currently called tenancy agreements
  • rooming house operators – currently called rooming house owners.



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Privacy collection notice

The purpose of this online engagement is to consult with the public on a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for the proposed Residential Tenancies Regulations 2020 (the Regulations). The consultation is being conducted by Regulation Policy and Governance Services (RPGS) within the Department of Justice and Community Safety.

As part of the consultation, the department is required to publish the proposed Regulations and RIS and invite public comments or submissions for a minimum of 28 days. This is required under the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 and the Victorian Guide to Regulation.

The department is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws.

The information you provide in your comment or submission will be considered by the department in providing advice to the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation to finalise the proposed Regulations.

To ensure a transparent process, comments and submissions will be published under your name and, where relevant, your organisation’s name on the Engage Victoria platform. Your email, home or business address and personal contact number will not be published. Comments and submissions will also be provided to the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (SARC) of Parliament after the Regulations are made, in accordance with the requirements of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994.

If you wish to make an anonymous submission or do not wish to provide your personal information, we will not be able to identify your comment or submission if you wish to access it, make a correction or require technical support.

Comments or submissions which consist of allegations or complaints against individuals, and are not comments on the proposed Regulations, will not be published. In these instances, the complaint will be referred for assessment and advice to the relevant area within Consumer Affairs Victoria if appropriate. You may access the information you have provided to the department for this consultation by contacting RPGS: